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New York City portrayed online in 870,000 images

From stately bridges to grisly deaths, 870,000 NYC archival photos go online By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Some 870,000 images of New York City and its municipal operations, going back to the mid-1800s, are now available to the public for the first time online.

The city Department of Records officially announced Tuesday the debut of its photo database and its previously unpublicized link to the site.

The images are part of the Municipal Archives' vast collection of more than 2.2 million photographs, featuring all manner of city oversight ' from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

Researchers, filmmakers, genealogists and preservationists particularly find the photos useful. But anyone can search the images, share them through social media, or purchase them as prints.

The department's Kenneth Cobb said bringing the images online was part of the agency's mission to make city records accessible to everyone.

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